Maurice William (Bill) Werner Sr., 75, of Winston-Salem, N.C., died Monday, Aug. 8, 2011, at his home.
He was born Oct. 22, 1935, in the family home near Fidelity, Kan., the son of Martin and Mary Grewing Werner.
At a young age, Bill moved with his family to southeast Kansas. He attended country schools until the family moved to the Kincaid school district. He graduated from Kincaid High School in 1954.
Following graduation, Bill joined the U.S. Air Force. After 21 years of honorable service, he retired as a master sergeant.
Following his retirement from the Air Force, he worked for Varco-Pruden in Winston-Salem, retiring with 15 years of service.
During his military years, he married Fannie Mae Edwards of North Carolina. They were blessed with two children.
Bill was an active member of the American Legion Post No. 55 of Winston-Salem for many years and had served as finance officer and was instrumental in creating the American Legion Riders.
He was known for his generosity, dependability, a strong work ethic and his simple, direct approach to life, and, most of all, he was known for his love of family, friends and his belief of the goodness of mankind.
He was preceded in death by his father, Martin J., two sisters; JoAnn and Cynthia, and two brothers, Martin R. (Pete) and Kenneth.
Survivors include a son, Maurice William II and wife Ginger, Mount Airy, N.C.; a daughter, Christine Werner Booher and husband Lee, Elkin, N.C.; two grandchildren, Sierra and Sam Booher; his mother, Mary Werner, Bronson, Kan.; brothers Tom Werner, Cherryvale, Kan., Leo Werner and wife Vickie, Newton, Kan.; sister Delores Smith and husband Gary, Topeka, Kan.
Also surviving are a number of nieces, nephews and his former wife and mother of his children, Mae Werner of Dobson, N.C.
Memorial services were held Sunday in Winston-Salem, N.C. Pastor Lloyd Houk will conduct graveside services at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, in the U.S. National Cemetery.
Friends may meet at the Cheney Witt Chapel prior to leaving for the cemetery at 1:15 p.m.
Memorials are suggested to the American Legion Post No. 55 and may be sent to Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, Kan., 66701.